Willie Snead

Willie Snead

31-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Released by the 49ers in December of 2023.
Back to practice squad
WRFree Agent
January 29, 2024
Snead reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
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Snead was elevated prior to Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Lions, but the veteran wideout ended up being inactive. He'll wait to see if he gets called up again in two weeks for the Super Bowl.
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How do Willie Snead's 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
4.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.38
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
0.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
1.5
 
% Targeted On Route
12.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.58
 
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Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.39 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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Snead, who'll be 29 years old in October, signed a one-year contract with the Raiders this offseason as the team seeks veteran depth to complement 2020 draftees Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. That said, they profile as completely different receivers than Snead, who does most of his damage out of the slot. Snead's spot on the 53-man roster isn't set in stone, however, as John Brown, Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow also occupy seats of their own in the Raiders' wideout room.
Snead doesn't have the same responsibilities that most slot receivers do. Rather than being a high-volume target underneath, Snead played the most snaps of any Baltimore receiver last season, but saw just 46 targets -- a dropoff of 49 targets from 2018. That can be explained by Baltimore's usage of Snead as a blocker in the league's most run-heavy offense in addition to tight end Mark Andrews drawing a high percentage of short-to-intermediate targets. Snead is likely to have a minimal role in the passing game again, and Baltimore's selection of Devin Duvernay in the draft could result in an overall playing time reduction, too.
Snead is the lone holdover from Baltimore's starting receiving corps and figures to reprise his role as the Ravens' top slot man in 2019. He played 666 snaps out of the slot last season, absorbing 17.8 percent of the team's targets, while recording 62 grabs for 651 yards and a touchdown. He also posed a threat with the ball in his hands, averaging 4.7 yards after the catch. Like any Ravens receiver, there's some risk involved in Snead that isn't necessarily in his control. Baltimore's passing offense as a whole needs a major facelift, and Snead's splits with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson are evidence of that. With Flacco, Snead averaged 7.7 targets, 5.0 catches, and 49.8 yards. With Jackson, those averages dropped to 4.0 targets, 2.5 receptions, and 31.6 yards. A full offseason plus a new offensive coordinator should boost the passing game, but Baltimore still projects to be one of the lower-volume passing attacks in the league. Snead will still have a major role, but relative to other slot receivers across the league, his production could disappoint.
Much was expected of Snead last year after two straight 100-target seasons in New Orleans, but a three-game substance-abuse suspension followed by a hamstring injury derailed his campaign. He finished with a meager 16 targets in 11 games, spending most of the year as the Saints' No. 4 receiver. After signing a two-year, $7 million offer sheet - which the Saints declined to match - Snead now finds himself in Baltimore, a major downgrade in passing environment. The silver lining is a clear path to playing time and a lack of competition for targets. Michael Crabtree will likely lead the team in looks, but Snead could have the slot to himself and might well see more targets than injury-prone deep threat John Brown. Don't expect big plays - Snead is only 5-11, 195, and ran a sluggish 4.56 40 - but in PPR formats he could be useful.
It wasn't only Michael Thomas' breakout that made the Saints deem Brandin Cooks expendable. Snead, a former undrafted free agent, also played his way into Drew Brees' circle of trust with his second consecutive strong season. At 5-11, 195 and with below average speed (4.56 40), Snead isn't a downfield playmaker in the mold of Cooks, and he's not a red-zone target like Thomas, either. Snead excels by getting open in the short and intermediate areas of the field and grabbing anything in his vicinity. That Snead was able to average 8.6 YPT (16th among the league's 41 100-target WR) in that role shows how effective he was -- as well as what quarterback he has throwing him the ball. As such, Snead is a stronger pick in PPR, but his volume should increase to the point where he'll be useful in standard formats too, as Cooks' departure leaves 117 Brees targets up for grabs. The Saints brought in home run threat Ted Ginn this offseason, but he's more of a low-volume, high-impact player whose presence should open things up for Thomas and Snead. The only other new pass catcher of note is backup tailback Alvin Kamara, but he's more likely to cut into Mark Ingram's pass-catching work than Snead's. At press time, Snead had yet to sign his exclusive rights tender, but he showed up for the Saints' offseason program hoping a long-term deal could be worked out.
Cut by the Panthers and Browns in 2014, Snead, an undrafted free agent, was one of the more unlikely breakouts last year. Snead became Drew Brees' No. 2 target and excelled in the role, averaging 14.3 YPC and 9.7 YPT (5th). While he had only two catches of 40-plus yards, Snead hauled in 14 of 20 or more. At 5-11, 195, Snead isn't much of a red-zone target (only nine looks), and his 4.56 40 speed precludes many downfield plays. Consequently, he's not going to score often. The Saints added Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener this offseason, and top target Brandin Cooks isn't going anywhere, so Snead's ceiling is modest, especially in non-PPR leagues.
Snead will compete for playing time on a crowded Saints' receiver depth chart. The second-year pro out of Ball State was cut twice in 2014 - once by the Browns during training camp and again in the fall from the Panthers' practice squad - but is likely to make the Saints' final roster this season. Snead isn't all that big or all that fast, but he catches everything thrown his way. With Kenny Stills in Miami, there's an opening for a player to emerge as the third wide receiver behind Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks, but Snead's path to playing time is unclear, with Brandon Coleman, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, and Snead all battling for depth chart positioning and snaps.
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Elevated for NFC Championship Game
WRSan Francisco 49ers
January 27, 2024
The 49ers elevated Snead to the active roster Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Sticking with San Francisco
WRFree Agent
December 27, 2023
Snead was signed to the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday.
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Gets waived
WRFree Agent
December 26, 2023
The 49ers waived Snead on Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
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Signed to active roster
WRSan Francisco 49ers
December 25, 2023
The 49ers signed Snead to their active roster from their practice squad Monday.
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Reverts to practice squad
WRFree Agent
November 13, 2023
Snead reverted to San Francisco's practice squad Monday.
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Gets look from Cardinals
WRFree Agent
August 5, 2022
Snead tried out for the Cardinals on Thursday, Howard Balzer of Sports Illustrated reports.
ANALYSIS
Arizona brought in Snead, Damion Willis and Marcell Ateman for tryouts after Antoine Wesley suffered a hip injury in practice. Ateman was evidently the most impressive of the three auditioning receivers, as Arizona opted to sign him. Should more injuries befall Arizona's receiving corps in camp, Snead and Willis could be on the short list of potential replacements.
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